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The ‘Gunning’ Gap – It is time to propose a fifth rule and address a missing requirement for a lawful consultation.

Two years ago, at the Institute’s first Conference, we invited Lord Justice Sedley to talk about the Gunning Principles – a set of rules for public consultations that have assured him a lasting position in the history of the law of consultation. He first propounded the rules (they were first known as the Sedley propositions) in 1985, so this year we celebrate thirty years of the Gunning Principles. They have increasingly formed the backbone of any judgment on the legality of a consultation. Maybe we should hold a party?


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Rhion Jones is considered a leading authority on Public Engagement and Consultation. A founding Director of the Consultation Institute, he is co-author of “The Art of Consultation” (2009) and “The Politics of Consultation” (2018). He has delivered over 500 training courses and Masterclasses and is a prolific writer on the subject, having written over 350 different Topic papers and over 50 full Briefing Papers for the Institute. Since 2003 over 15,000 person-days of training based on courses he invented have been delivered. Rhion is in demand as an entertaining Keynote Speaker and Special Adviser, particularly on the Law of Consultation, and its implications for Government and other Public Bodies. In 2017, he was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

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